As another year comes rolling in I have decided that I want to make a real change this year. You see, every year I follow the same cycle by making a list of resolutions, following them for about a month, and then slowly I start watching myself slip right back into my old habits again. I end up somehow getting too overwhelmed with my resolutions and then I get discouraged to where I just quit and go back to my comfort zone.
Some of the resolutions I am making again this year have been carried over from last year but I actually want to succeed with them this year … as some of them are important to my health and well being.
Any advice for sticking with resolutions?
New Year, Seeking New Mindset
Dear New Year, Seeking New Mindset,
I do not think that you are alone in this matter as we all at times tend to slowly slip back into our comfort zone or old habits. With that being said, changing your mindset is doable it just takes some time and a lot of patience, determination, and perseverance.
I have a few suggestions for you to help you out for the new 2014 year. Instead of making a long list of resolutions, why not just make one resolution? Once you achieve your resolution successfully then make another one.
Why not take it one resolution at a time?
For example, if one of your resolutions is to pay off your car when you only owe $2,000 left on it, make paying it off your resolution—your ONLY resolution. Once you pay it off, write down your next resolution. Want to lose 20 pounds? Concentrate on only losing 20 pounds. Once you lost the weight, then write down your next resolution, and so on and so forth. This way you won’t feel overwhelmed or become discouraged when you are not achieving any of your resolutions because you have too many to focus on.
Another suggestion is to try the 28-day challenge (“A 28-day challenge that could change your life and the lives of those around you” from January 2011, Ahwatukee Foothills News). Concentrate on one challenge/bad habit/resolution you would like to break for 28 days. If you like the results, then continue the challenge for another 28 days. If you think you can do two challenges simultaneously then keep the one challenge and then add another. If you would like to read some success stories on it from four Ahwatukee women, read “Four ahwatukee women took my 28-day challenge and succeeded” (January 2012, AFN) and “28-day challenge going strong after two years” (January 2013, AFN) and see how you too can have success with the challenge.
Bottom line: find a strategy that works well for you to achieve your resolutions. If you have been having the same mindset for the past few years and you aren’t able to have any success with your resolutions, try something different this year. You can start by doing the 28-day challenge as well as taking it one resolution at a time.
• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle “Mikey” Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.